Of these horses, I like #1 the most. Nice compact body and he is the best proportioned of all of them. I would hate to see you pay too much for him though, unregistered, barely broken and a colt at that! BTW I don't think a lack of JC papers will hold you back competitively in any way, you would just register him with USEF yourself I imagine.
Some food for thought: I like the last mare (the $10,000 one that is successfully competing) the least conformation wise. The only reason I mention this is because, like I mentioned in your other thread, it is very difficult to find a TB that has textbook conformation. Unfortunately the breeding practices in the racing industry are not geared towards correctly conformed horses, but that is a topic for another day.
My point is this: You can work with less than ideal conformation to a degree (as long as it isn't a severe fault), as competitiveness also depends on the training put into the horse and the horse's own mental aptitude for the job.
Am I suggesting that you settle for a badly conformed horse? Of course not! Just to take everything into the equation and try and be as objective as possible. We will help you with that of course.
To sum up, if that last mare can physically make it at the level that you are wanting to compete at, I would think that it is physically possible for horse #1, #2 and #3 to also providing they are sound, it will just depend on their aptitude and your training.
ETA: I just saw the comments about horse number 1's pasterns and I wanted to mention the danger of assessing pastern angles on a horse that is not bearing weight equally on all four legs at the time of the photo. I'm with Elana on this one, his pastern angles look alright IMO.
All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.
Last edited by sarahver; 04-06-2011 at 12:02 AM.